Oct 18, 2017 Last Updated 3:20 PM, Oct 16, 2017
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Residents in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe are recovering from the effects of heavy rains which have injured nine people and destroyed vehicles and buildings.

Those injured are inmates from Maula prison, where the rains accompanied by strong winds blew off roofs of some buildings at the prison.

The rains that also uprooted trees which fell on vehicles come a few days after a weather expert assured Malawians that the country would not experience destructive weather events.

Those injured were inmates from Maula prison, where the storm blew off roofs of some buildings at the prison.

According to officials from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) they are currently undertaking a comprehensive assessment on the damage caused by the stormy rains.

In a statement, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Clement Chinthu Phiri said DODMA is working with the Malawi Defense Force and Lilongwe City Council to assess the situation.

Phiri further indicated that they are clearing the areas that have been blocked by fallen trees and rehabilitate the damaged office block at Maula prison.

He revealed that such storms are likely to occur in different parts of the country during this rainy season, therefore people need to check the ability of their buildings, especially roofs to withstand the disaster.

The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has procured a Mobile Water Treatment Plant which will compliment the Board’s efforts during water supply emergency situations.

Residents of the city’s Area 18A in Malawi's commercial capita were recently drinking water from unprotected water source following a burst pipe which spilled feaces into the board’s supply pipe line.

The plant supplied by Paramount Holdings Limited will be used during critical water supply interruptions, total shutdown of one of the Board’s water treatment plants, and during water rationing program.

Following its enclosed truck trailer for vehicle towing, the plant according to the Board, can operate anywhere even in locations with no access to electricity.

The plant has an inbuilt diesel- driven power generator, but it can also be connected to electricity power grid.

The mobile water treatment plant has facilities to be used for purification of water for bottling and can treat water from any source including rivers and streams.

The plant which is the first of its kind in Malawi, is reportedly efficient in producing safe and pure drinkable water as any water purifier does.

Organisers of the newly rebranded Urban Music People (UMP) event are optimistic that the UMP Fashion Night will help to grow the fashion industry in the country.

Apart from showcasing fashion, announcement of nominees will also be made at the event which is slated for the 15th of next month.

According Chief Executive Officer for Nde’Feyo Entertainment Ken Limwame, the event will be a platform for local designers and models to showcase.

“As you know UMP exists to promote and celebrate Malawi’s arts, culture and fashion.

This is one of the events that has been organised along with the UMP Awards and Festival,” Limwame added.

The CEO who is also a Hip-Hop legend in the country and known by his stage name Zizwa, the event will include activities like Media Awards, announcement of nominations for the UMP Awards, along with other fashion related activities.

Answering as to how important the event will be bearing in Mind that there will also be UMP Awards and Festival ceremony in November, Limwame said the event will set the mood for this year’s Awards and Festival event.

The fashion night will act as a launch for the voting period because that is when nominees will be announced.

Earlier this month, one of the leading fashion and design companies in Malawi, “Nzika Wear” officially partnered Nde’Feyo Entertainment in running the UMP events.

Local Jazz artist Erik Paliani is set to entertain patrons on the fashion night and local fashion brand Kliff Culture, Vivietta, Christian Entwan, Armasi By Jessie and Terry Made Designs will be showcased.

The government has stopped the process of paying terminal benefits to former Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) pending the revision of the whole process.

Disclosing the new development to Capital FM, Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo the move has been made following a number of emerging issues.

He added that the challenge facing the government is the proof that some of the claimants were indeed members of the MYP.

 “The problem at the moment is that some of the people are failing to give proof that they were indeed MYP officers. This is supposed to be the first step taken.

“At the same time there are also other dimensions concerning those who were victimised by the same officers, as they are demanding compensation. We cannot compensate the entire country because the MYP victimised almost everyone, Botolo said.

He also cited revelations that the former MYP Officers had in fact already received their dues between 1993 and 1994.  

The former MYP officers have been demanding over MK2.6 billion as terminal benefits to be shared among 2,700 officers.

They held demonstrations in July this year hoping to push authorities to pay them.

For over two months now they have been holding camping outside Capital Hill offices in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

Who Were The MYP Officers?

The Malawi Young Pioneers were the paramilitary wing of the Malawi Congress Party. Their Commander in Chief was President Hastings Kamuzu Banda. 

They originally were supposed to function as a national youth service program with a development agenda.

However over time, they strayed away from this agenda and became an intricate network of espionage and terror.

The Young Pioneers were a major instrument for the operationalisation of Dr Banda's one party state dictatorship and domestic terrorism.

Pioneers bore arms, conducted espionage and intelligence operations, and were Banda's most trusted bodyguards around Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Both the Malawi Army  and Police resented the Pioneers for usurping their roles as security agents.

A placard of what some deem as obscene has sparked debate in Malawi after its carrier was arrested by the Police on Thursday.

The Lilongwe based woman was part of a solidarity march meant to raise awareness on the escalating cases of Gender Based Violence. She was released hours later after getting bailed out.

However, though some are still condemning the law enforcers over how they reacted to the placard others are praising them for taking action at the right time.

Many people have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp to share their point of views.

Capital FM posted the picture on its Facebook page asking whether her actions warrant an arrest and it has attracted hundreds of comments and reactions.

Margret Tendai Mwale wrote: We Malawians need to be schooled on the difference between respect & fear. What I'm seeing is that men want women to fear them & not respect them. I have seen no applaud for this cause at all but condemning the woman for standing up for her rights.  There's nothing wrong with that placard in my opinion as she refers to her own vagina. Women are raped by their boyfriends, husbands & others because the men feel women are their property & decide on when they want to have sex or not & that's why there raped, beaten & abused when they deny their partners sex.

Carolyn Caz Cranko Was brief: She has done a great job of making people sit up and take notice. Well done to her - message received!

And Brighton Break highlighted the legality of the message: Go and check in Malawi's penal code you'll find out that there is a crime, because the use of insulting language is a crime in Malawi. Now as you can see on the placard there are elements of the use of insulting language, which is a crime. The arrest is legal only that it's a misdemeanor.

Commenting on the matter Legal Commentator, Justin Dzonzi said the woman shouldn’t have been arrested as she was referring to herself on the poster and there is no law in the country which indicates such as a crime.

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